Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Midtown Review: Briza

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Last night I ventured over to Briza, a new restaurant in Midtown that I have been wanting to try for a while. Now I'll be honest, I am normally not the "fancy schmancy" diner. But every once in a while, I like to treat myself  (and my mom in this case) and try out a delicately prepared meal that is well worth every penny. Briza will now be my go-to place for these exquisite meals. We tasted a bunch of their fabulous dishes and even though all of them were mouth-watering delicious (see pictures below), I specifically fell in love with one. Before I spill the beans on which dish it was, I'll give you a little background story.... I hate fish.
 I never have really enjoyed eating any fish dish. Maybe I am just not a fan or maybe I have never been anywhere where it has been prepared to perfection, but when I look at a menu at a restaurant I can promise you my eyes quickly move over the fish dish and it is never considered. Last night I received the tasting menu and the first thing I said to my mom was "everything looks amazing, except the halibut... guess you will be eating my dish as well as yours on that one." Of course my moms normal response was "just give it a try, you never know." After some amazing starter dishes, the halibut finally came into my presence. The smell of the fresh corn and taragon was first of all overwhelming and already gave me a little "mental" tease of what this dish may taste like. The following events all transpired very quickly because before I knew it there wasn't any halibut left on my plate. What just happened? My mom stared in disbelief as I pretty much inhaled this dish. It was the most crave-able dish that I have had in a long time. Seriously... it was so amazing and cooked to perfection that my mouth is watering right now (at 8:30am) for it. Who knew I would ever be craving halibut, even for breakfast! Embarrassingly, I even waved goodbye to my empty plate (with a sad face) and told it I would be back for more. It was that good. 
The rest of the meal was nothing short of exceptional and exceeded my expectations. 
Cucumber Compressed Melon Salad
Mozzarella egg, heirloom tomatoes, bacon
Alaskan Halibut, corn, chanterelles, tarragon, corn nage
Duck confit roll, foie gras, peach marmalade

Veal sweetbread parmesan, basil, garlic chips
Lamb, grilled ratatouille, olive pistou, red pepper custard
Old fashioned donut, bacon powder, chocolate, coffee ice cream

The actual meal portions are a lot larger so don't be fooled by the pictures. We only tasted these items so the servings were a lot smaller. If you check out Briza (which I highly suggest) please let me know what you think, even though I am sure I already know what you will say!

866 West Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30308


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